Your protagonist must grip readers. He or she must yank readers into your story and drag them along the twisting track that is your plot, never weakening their grip for a second. Under his/her spell, readers should have no hesitation about skipping meals (or sleep) if it means they can be with the protagonist a little longer.
Obviously there’s no one way to achieve this. You need to do a few things to make a captivating protagonist. But if you want your protagonist to be gripping, captivating and compelling, your protagonist must have one essential trait:
Your protagonist must make unusual decisions.
Your story will be staler than month-old bread if your protagonist makes predictable choices. You just can’t create suspense if readers know what’s going to happen.
So how can you get your protagonists to make unusual decisions?
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